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August 27, 2007
While those outside the loop are discussing names such as Michael Chertoff to be the new Attorney General, Ross Douthat--who's evidently far better wired into the White House than I realized--has already been auditioning possible replacements and seems to have found the one person on the face of the earth better at not answering a question than Alberto Gonzales:
After five minutes of this, even Pat Leahy will throw in the towel.
Without the news about our AG, this would have been a bad morning, because I was twice proven wrong: I bemoaned the fact that Gonzales would surely never step down, and it happened mere hours later; then, my assertion that congressional Democrats can't get a damn thing done was undermined by that eternally pesky thing called data.
August 24, 2007
The steps outside the U.S. Supreme Court can be a pretty strange place--especially when the Court is hearing an abortion case. But it looks like we've got nothing on Pakistan. From today's NYT story about the Pakistani Supreme Court's decision to allow former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return from exile and run for office:
The war-weary trend in country music seems only to be picking up since Michelle's June piece on the subject. Recent weeks have seen the release of two more mournful dirges dedicated to fallen soldiers.
First, there's the song "19" by the country duo Waycross, the chorus of which goes
Well he's the boy next door, he used to carry your bags at the grocery store
He's somebody's son, in a hole with a gun, in a foreign land
Emily Yoffe over at Slate chronicles a recent back-to-school shopping trip with her young daughter:
I held up a pair of beige polyester pants that looked reasonable to me.
"Mom, I'm 11!" she said. "I'm not Harriet Miers!"